Undergraduate Students


Nicolás (Nico) Yehya

Email: nicoyehya(at)gmail.com

Nico grew up in Brooklyn, NYC. In September 2014, Nico began his career as an undergraduate with a major in physics with a concentration in applied physical and material science at the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York. In April 2015, he joined Dr. Eisele’s research group where his first project involved working on the stabilization of supramolecular aggregate samples. Nico won the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance Summer 2015 Research Program Fellowship. Nico is our website manager.


Grayson (Gray) Huffman

Email: gray.huffman(at)gmail.com

Grayson was born in Roanoke, Va. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he held the distinction of being an Echols Scholar, with a double major in English and foreign affairs.

Beginning of 2015, after working in both the design and education industries, Grayson enrolled in CCNY’s biomedical engineering and physics programs.

In March 2015, he joined the Eisele Group, where he is working on stabilizing supramolecular aggregate samples at low temperatures. Grayson won a 2015/2016 City College Fellowship, which are awarded to talented students who aspire to enter Ph.D. programs in preparation for careers in research and education. In August 2015, Gray was also awarded a stipend from CUNY’s Research Foundation to support his undergraduate research project.
Grayson is our supply manager.

Nelson Tobar

Email: fernandotobarq(at)outlook.com

Nelson was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to Queens, NYC at the age of 15. In December 2015 Nelson received his associate’s degree in science from CUNY Queensborough Community College where he did research involving carbon nanotubes for two years. Nelson enrolled at CUNY City College in as a chemistry major in january 2016. He joined Dr. Eisele’s research group in spring 2016. Nelson is currently working on the synthesis of a dye- single walled carbon nanotube and won the 2016 Opportunities in Research and Creative Arts (ORCA) program award. Nelson is our Supply Officer.

Saad Ahmed

Email: saahmed101997(at)gmail.com

Saad grew up in Queens, NYC. Saad began his undergraduate career at the City College of New York in September 2015 pursuing a major in Biochemistry. Saad joined the Eisele group in April 2016. In Fall of 2015, Saad joined the CCNY chapter of Engineers without Borders and contributed to the adoption of their new project in Nicaragua. In Spring 2016, Saad was elected Event Coordinator of the CCNY chapter of Engineers without Borders

Michael H. Ross

Email: mikehross(at)gmail.com

Michael was raised in Billerica, MA.  He received a B.S. in psychology with minors in sociology and anthropology from UMass Amherst in 2010. He worked in the field with mental health organizations in the greater Boston area and Brooklyn.  As an Eagle Scout, he is interested in how things work and found his questions were more fundamental than even those found in psychology.  He is currently working toward a B.S in physics with a focus on material science at the City College of New York.  Michael joined Dr. Eisele’s research group in October of 2016 where he assists in lab work.

Dean Lahana

Email: deanlahana(at)gmail.com

Dean was born and raised in Queens, New York. His first undergraduate degree was in economics from CUNY Queens College, and he is now working on a second undergraduate degree in chemistry at CUNY City College. He plans to study CRISPR technologies in graduate school. Dean joined the Eisele group in September, 2016, where he assists researchers in the lab.

Abe Whitmeyer

Email: abewhitmeyer(at)gmail.com

Abe was born and raised in New York City. In fall 2015, Abe started his undergraduate studies at the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York as a physics major with a minor in computer science. In November 2016, he joined the Eisele research group, where he assists the researchers with lab work.